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My son has a Carolina Corn Snake which has just moved up to a large vivarium from it's starter tank that she has lived in since we got her. She is approx 4 months old. We acquired the larger viv with a flourescent tube that was suited for lizards and was told by the local reptile shop to replace it with a .5 UV tube which we have.

The question I have is whether this type of lighting is correct for this type of snake? A friend who also has a corn snake has recently bought a vivarium and this is fitted with a reddish colour reflector type lamp. Are we right with our set-up or is he?!?

The flourescent tube that we have seems very bright and we have been told to leave it on for 12 hours a day
Different opinions from different people are making it hard for us to determine the best possible home for the lovely snake which is all that we want to do!!!
Can anyone help?
Many Thanks
Stuart
The question I have is whether this type of lighting is correct for this type of snake? A friend who ... and this is fitted with a reddish colour reflector type lamp. Are we right with our set-up or is he?!?

That particular bulb was the correct choice as far as the pet shop's bottom line is concerned. Snakes IN GENERAL do not appear to benefit from UV bulbs as much as other herps (lizards, turtles, etc). The exception MAY be primarily-diurnal snakes like garter snakes. I would just stick with a Wal Mart fluorescent tube.

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My son has a Carolina Corn Snake which has just moved up to a large vivarium from it's starter tank ... which we have. The question I have is whether this type of lighting is correct for this type of snake?

It's fine.
A friend who also has a corn snake has recently bought a vivarium and this is fitted with a reddish colour reflector type lamp. Are we right with our set-up or is he?!?

That's fine too, there's always more than one way to skin a cat, and the best way for you may be different than for another.
The flourescent tube that we have seems very bright and we have been told to leave it on for 12 hours a day

Is that a problem due to the location of the terrarium?
Different opinions from different people are making it hard for us to determine the best possible home for the lovely snake which is all that we want to do!!! Can anyone help?

Snakes, in general, don't benefit hugely from fancy lighting set ups. Since you have a fluorescent, I am assuming that you are using some other type of equipment to provide an adequate temperature and thermal gradient in the enclosure, so the type of lighting is far less of an issue. Make sure the snake gets some decent light for a good chunk of the day, and enjoy.
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Many Thanks for the replys on this!
We have got a heat pad at one end of the Vivarium and now have a reptile reflector lamp which is on for around 12-14 hours a day at the same end, creating a hot and cool area which she seems very happy with. We have dispensed with the flourescent light for now as the reptile light gives a nice reddy glow which seems to suit the habitat better. Incidentally, I made a protective cage to go around the lamp despite one reptile 'specialist' telling me not to bother as, quote, 'they soon learn..'
MM. I 'd rather spend the time to make a cage, incidentally from B&Q I got the mesh and made one for less than =A36 with lovely smooth edges, than have our snakes burn themselves.
Many Thanks for the replys on this! We have got a heat pad at one end of the Vivarium and ... got the mesh and made one for less than £6 with lovely smooth edges, than have our snakes burn themselves.

We also have an undertank heat pad and a light on the same side, but we have the light outside of the tank so the snake can't get near it. It's a standard desk lamp with an incandescent 40 watt bulb. Here's a picture: (Note: cat is optional equipment)


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